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The Number of Infirm Persons in Germany
The results of the enumeration of infirm persons, which was made in 1925-1926, were not published until recently. The enumeration included not only blind persons, deafmutes and mental patients but also the deaf and persons with other bodily infirmities. The report gives the total number of blind persons as 33,192, or 5.3 per 10,000 of population. The incidence of males is much higher because of the many persons who became blind during the war; but even after deduction of the 2,307 war blind, the incidence of the male sex is still somewhat higher, as has been the case in former statistics. Since the census of 1900, the number of blind persons has increased considerably. Children under 5 years of age and aged persons are most likely to become blind. The number of deafmutes was 31,670. There were 6 males and 5.1 females per
BERLIN. JAMA. 1932;98(2):156-157. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02730280064023